Young People

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At the Wooten Center in South Los Angeles, Naomi McSwain uses education to help young people thrive

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Fuller Youth Institute’s Kara Powell and Steve Argue discuss the role of empathy in parenting and the ever-shifting challenges facing young adults in today’s culture

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The theology section of the seventh issue of Fuller Magazine is devoted entirely to the dynamics of ministry to young people.

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Evangelizing Emerging Generations

In a panel discussion, Odoi Odotoi, Cherry Marcelo, and Lisseth Rojas-Flores discuss effective Christian witness in justice and advocacy work among children and families, particularly drawing from their work with World Vision.

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Panel | Evangelism with Young People

In a panel discussion at the 2023 Missiology Lectures, Soong-Chan Rah, Kara Powell, and Steve Argue discuss what ministry and evangelism ought to look like among young people today.

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Holy Imagination

With a hopeful heart for the church’s youngest generations, Meredith Miller (MDiv ’08) invites the church into new ways of ministering to our children—helping them to encounter, to know, and to trust God.

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“Teach Us to Count Our Days” | Kevin Doi

Kevin Doi considers the finitude of our lives and reflects on the church’s need to holistically minister to and invest in the lives of the next generations.

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Catalytic Ministry, Part One

Kara Powell talks about how the church can better meet the needs of young people today by offering Christ-centered answers to questions concerning identity, belonging, and purpose.

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Talking Church with Your Teenager and Young Adult

Steven Argue, associate professor of youth, family, and culture, shares about walking with our teenage or young adult children as they engage with and explore their faith.

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Leading from a Step Behind: How Children Minister to the Family

Alesia Starks, instructor in the practice of marriage and family therapy, shares lessons she’s learned from her children about Christlikeness, faith, and humility.

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Sharing Their Stories, Owning Their Voice, with Ahren Martinez

Ahren Martinez (MAICS ’18) shares about creating safe and healthy communities for youth through storytelling and table fellowship.

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Lighting a Spark | Peter L. Benson

Peter L. Benson shares about his work on how to support children and families in healthy, positive growth and development.

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Response | The Next Generation

In response to Helen Jin Kim’s lecture on “Korean Christianity and the Korean War,” Byungjoo Song reflects on the many social issues the church faces today and on the ways the Korean Church needs its emerging generation.

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Intersectionality in Korean Immigrant Identity

Hee An Choi explores the hybridity of Korean immigrant identity—as a particular Asian immigrant community in the United States—and the Korean church’s leadership role in navigating it.

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Response | Forming Our Identity

W. Gil Shin considers what factors ought to shape and define a re-formed identity for the Korean immigrant church.

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Immigration and US Congregations

Allison L. Norton examines migration’s transformative impact on US society and the reinvention of faith communities across second and third generations.

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Holistic Ministry in Intergenerational Community

Elizabeth Tamez Méndez, founder of New Generation3, shares about her own experience of growing up in the church and about her work ministering to emerging generations.

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Teenagers’ Big Questions, with Kara Powell and Brad Griffin

Kara Powell and Brad Griffin discuss what it looks like to engage empathetically with today’s teenagers as they grapple with questions of identity, belonging, and purpose.

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A Place to Go for Something to Do

At the Wooten Center in South Los Angeles, Naomi McSwain uses education to help young people thrive

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Communities of Belonging

Ministering to young people of color in the church, Jeff Liou creates space in which they can belong and thrive

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COVID-19, ICE, and the Betrayal of Latino Children

Lisseth Rojas-Flores, associate professor of clinical psychology, writes about the trauma inflicted on Latino youth by both the pandemic and the immigration system, as well as the Christian responsibility to work toward change

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Response | Lisseth Rojas-Flores on Latino Children and Identity Formation

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In response to Juan Martínez’s lecture “Missiological Reflections on the ‘In-Betweenness’ of Latino Protestantism,” Lisseth Rojas-Flores, associate professor of clinical psychology, talks about the adversity faced by Latino children in the US and how churches can act as a positive disruption to this pattern.

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Migration in Missiological Perspective

At Fuller’s 2020 Missiology Lectures, scholars took a deep dive into Los Angeles’s unique history and culture to explore wider issues of migration, transnationalism, and interfaith engagement through a missiological perspective.

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Broderick Leaks on Mental Health on the College Campus

Broderick Leaks (PhD ’09), director of counseling and mental health at USC Student Health and clinical associate professor of psychiatry and the behavioral sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, describes the increasing mental health needs of emerging adults and the work of providing them meaningful support in the university context.